Supply Chain Forum: An International Journal Special Issue Call for Papers

Healthcare Logistics and Supply Chain

Supply Chain Forum: An International Journal

This Special Issue will attempt to improve our understanding for these issues. We invite researchers to submit conceptual and empirical research papers following qualitative and / or quantitative research methodologies.  

For many years, the healthcare industry including hospitals faced real challenges and issues encouraging their CEOs and their senior management team to become more interested in innovative managerial practices (Beier, 1995 ; Chakraborty et al., 2014). Demand for health care is increasing and patients are seeking individualized offerings. Hospitals also suffer from a very heavy administrative bureaucracy characterized by real and important financial difficulties that impact their budget (Aptel and Pourjalali, 2001). Moreover, healthcare organisations face increasing strict regulatory requirements to ensure the optimum provision of healthcare services (Bhakoo and Choi, 2013). In this perspective, supply chain management appears to be an effective way for healthcare organisations to improve their operational efficiency and reduce costs while continuing to improve their care quality (Bourlakis et al., 2011; Dobrzykowski et al., 2014; Landry and Philippe, 2006).

To address the above challenges, hospitals are taking several strategic decisions concerning logistics such as pooling or outsourcing supply chain activities (namely: purchasing, supply and inventory management or transportation) by collaborating with external partners (Chen et al., 2013). Similarly, hospitals follow lean management practices aiming to achieve a more efficient and effective supply chain (Dobrzykowski et al., 2014; Kim et al., 2006,) and implement IT solutions to better manage the flows of patients (Chong et al., 2015).

Paper submissions could include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Managing processes and flows in healthcare
  • Inventory management in healthcare
  • Information Systems in healthcare
  • Information technology and new technologies in healthcare
  • Healthcare Logistics and Supply Chain
  • Traceability in the healthcare industry
  • Risk Management in healthcare Organizations
  • Innovation in healthcare
  • Collaboration in healthcare sector
  • Healthcare and/or hospital performance
  • E-adoption in healthcare supply chain
  • Sustainable and green healthcare supply chain
  • Managing healthcare supply chain networks
  • Benchmarking healthcare operations
  • Strategic supply chain management in healthcare

Submission Details:

The deadline for submissions is: May 31, 2017 

Submissions should be made via ScholarOne

When submitting, authors must indicate that their manuscript is for this special issue. There will be an opportunity to do this in the “Additional Information” section of the online submission form.

For detailed submission guidelines, please consult the journal’s Instructions for Authors.

Editorial information